The popular but controversial mobile game PUBG was among 118 Chinese apps that the central government banned on Wednesday in what is being considered its latest round of reprisals against China.
The action is seen as reprisals against China as military standoff between Beijing and New Delhi continues.
The Ministry said in its official statement that it was invoking its power under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and said that the applications posed a security threat to India.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India invoking its power under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 118mobile apps.
In a statement worded almost exactly like the one it issued in June, when it banned 106 apps—first 59 and then 47—it said that it had several complaints that the applications were using the apps for data mining and profiling elements.
“hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India”.